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Most Guys are Losers via Mika Stambaugh for The Masink for use by 360 Magazine

Most Guys Are Losers

His script included 20 revisions, but writer/director Eric Ustian never wavered about where his film, Most Guys Are Losers, would take place and be shot—Naperville, IL. “I always knew it had to take place in Naperville.,” says Ustian. “I wanted to promote the city and I love this place. I loved growing up here and in Chicago and wouldn’t shoot it anywhere else,”  

While the script attracted Hollywood heavyweights like Mira and Paul Sorvino, Ustian cast about 75% of the actors from the Chicago area, many of them being familiar names. Ustian said, “Belmont Cameli originally auditioned for a different role. We knew he had talent and wanted to see him read for the role of ‘Trevor,’ a former Naperville North High School quarterback. When Belmont presented his next read, he was wearing a Naperville North football jersey. I thought—this kid is either a method actor, or he actually played football at Naperville North… turns out he did play there.”  

In addition to Cameli, Ustian also cast a then-unknown South Side actor Kevin Miles. But, chances are you know him from the endless stream of national commercials he’s done as “Jake from State Farm.” Ustian took advantage of his hometown, with some “hometown discounts” as well. He managed to stretch his movie budget by filming part of it in his mom’s house.  “Her rates were pretty impressive,” he said, “You can’t beat Free.”  

Some of the film was shot at his friend’s bar, Frankies Blue Room, and the crew took advantage of capturing scenes on Naperville’s scenic Riverwalk. Most Guys Are Losers is a romantic comedy taking place over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. There, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of the dating book, “Most Guys are Losers.” 

The cast includes: 

The film began shooting in November 2019. The pandemic put a pause on the intended production timeline, but it’s finally expected to premier in major cities this July 1. 

Chicago illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

City Experiences Chicago

City Experiences, a leading provider of world-class experiential travel offerings, is redefining how guests see the world with its expanded one-of-a-kind travel experiences across major global destinations. Part of the Hornblower Group, a global leader in experiences and transportation, City Experiences delivers a vast array of water and land-based experience offerings in top cities around the world including Chicago. Through its vibrant, exclusively curated offerings and personal connectivity, City Experiences delivers its guests an amazing experience, all provided through its own unmatched crew and expert tour guides. Supported by a refreshed website, a new brand campaign and introducing a new rewards program, these initiatives will further build brand connectivity and enhance the user journey for its guests.

In early 2021, City Experiences became the new brand name for Hornblower Group’s growing portfolio of world-class water and land-based offerings, seamlessly collecting multiple brands under one umbrella. Since then, new land-based companies joined City Experiences, including WALKS, Devour Tours and the launch of Venture Ashore. With these acquisitions, City Experiences further developed its portfolio outside its maritime roots, now providing a total experiential travel itinerary for its guests. 

“Since our rebrand last spring, City Experiences has built a collection of world-renowned land-based experiences, growing our portfolio outside of our maritime foundation, into a more holistic global experiential organization,” said Kristina Heney, chief marketing and revenue officer, City Experiences. “To support our growth, we had to re-evaluate our marketing approach by dialing up the emotional engagement of our brands and lean heavily into digital technology to drive personalized communications. We focused our positioning on what sets us apart, our own tour guides and crew. It is through their passion and engagement that bridge that deeper connection with our guests and share the commitment we have in bringing people together through our unforgettable experiences.”

City Experiences’ refreshed portfolio features some of the most unique experiences in major travel destinations around the world, providing a personalized journey for guests who are either already at their destination and looking for a hidden local gem, or those booking ahead with wanderlust. Whether you are planning that long-overdue weekend sightseeing getaway with your friends, organizing a family excursion through Chicago with a guided walking tour of the premier Riverwalk, spending your dream honeymoon adventuring through Paris’ most chic locales, or experiencing that bucket list solo journey through Barcelona’s best off-the-beaten-path food and wine spots, City Experiences will help you travel smarter and experience more. Below are highlights of Chicago’s experiential offerings. For a full list, click HERE.

Chicago Offerings

To further support the digital journey, City Experiences launched a refreshed website, aimed to streamline the guest booking experience by offering a centralized booking location that features the company’s full portfolio of unique water and land-based offerings across its major travel destinations worldwide. It will also roll out with a new branding campaign, celebrating both its unique offerings as well as paying homage to its unmatched crew and expert guides that make the tour even more memorable.

Additionally, City Experiences launched a new rewards program for its guests. Designed to allow for more experiential travel opportunities within its portfolio, City Experiences Rewards is completely free and easily accessible HERE. Guests can create an account and collect travel points through their confirmed bookings that can be used to save on future purchases. Full details on the program’s exclusive experience benefits will be announced soon.

Chicago illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Chi-Guide

By: Emily Bunn × Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine recently visited The Windy City to sight-see, socialize, and of course, enjoy some classic Chicago deep dish pizza. Below, we’ve complied a guide of our must-see stops in Chi-Town. Whether you’re planning your next vacation or prepping for a day trip into the city, 360 is sure to point you in the right direction.

Hornblower Seadog Cruises

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Seadog Speedboat Tours in Chicago provides exciting excursions where tourists can steady their sea legs. Their boat is propelled by two V-12 motors and pushes about 2000 HP. This boat tour venue is a bit cheaper than the other traditional tours in the area. Furthermore, Seadog Cruises are also much more interesting.

Our cruise guide was extremely comical and entertaining, which made for an enthralling trip. He possessed a charismatic and energetic zeal that was infectious to our entire tour group. Yet, the most attractive part of the route was the stunning view of the Chicago skyline. 

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

196 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe (established 2004) is one of the most well-known breakfast spots in The Windy City. Their high-quality level of service and ability to produce an impeccable pancake is unmatched.

We dove into many of their dishes and secondary orders– like their turkey bacon, sausages and muffins, as well as fruit cups. If you visit, Wildberry’s fresh-pressed orange juice is a must-try. This fine eatery is handled like a well-oiled machine. Although it took a while to sit down, once we ordered our food came out right away.

Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Sidetrack is a high-energy, alternative discothèque experience. This extremely diversified and non-intrusive venue welcomes all guests. Cheap booze and good music are provided so that customers can get their groove on. The venue hosted a polite doorman and a bartender with access to several rooms.

On Sunday, Sidetrack possessed a highly mixed ratio of men and women of all genders, beliefs and cultures. 360 Magazine strongly recommends this spot for a memorable night of dancing. On the whole, the crowd was friendly, funny and fabulous. Sidetrack is the perfect spot to break the ice.

The Signature Room at the 95th®

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The Signature Room is a premium, fine dining room with 360° views over Chicago’s breathtaking city center. If you’re dressed to impress (since The Signature Room does enforce a dress code), head straight to the restaurant’s living room for an intimate and decadent culinary experience. To pair with your dish, The Signature Room offers many delicious specialty cocktails. As compared to any other top-class steakhouse, The Signature room is moderately prices and provides superior foodie selections. 360 Magazine was waited on by staff who was attentive, professional and amicable.

While their cuisine is amazing, the restaurant’s expansive views take the cake. The elevator pushes you to the building’s 95th floor in minutes–so if you fear heights, think twice. Regardless, The Signature Room is a Windy City staple. A must-visit.

Windy City Nails & Spa

5316 N Milwaukee Ave ste g, Chicago, IL 60630

360 Magazine stayed at nearby Airbnb in this neighborhood and wanted to get a last-minute pedicure. Windy City Nails & Spa saved the day! This nail salon and spa follows all CDC guidelines, and even took our temperature while wearing masks. This no-frills facility offers nail, waxing, and eyebrow services.

When it came time to pay, Windy City’s doting service and pedicure cost us $28. The nail tech took her time to perform the manicure with gentle care and precision. This nail parlor is great option, if you don’t want to go into downtown Chicago and pay the downtown prices.

Gorilla Sushi Jefferson Park

4945 N Milwaukee Ave #2, Chicago, IL 60630

Gorilla Sushi is a hidden gem in Jefferson Park near Merta Station. If you’re looking for Asian cuisine to tantalize your tastebuds, look no further. With tasty selections like gyoza, sushi rolls, and sashimi, even the pickiest eaters are sure to find a dish they love.

For a sushi spot, Gorilla Sushi is very inexpensive. This restaurant provides excellent service paired with picturesque presentation. Fresh, fast, and affordable, this sushi joint is a lesser-known treasure of Chicago.

The Underground

56 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

The Underground Chicago (15) is one of the most legendary nightclubs in the Midwest. Frequented by A-listers like like Justin BieberUsherLaBron JamesDavid BeckhamWill.I.Am, and Miley Cyrus– The Underground provides unmatched, elevated entertainment experiences. Beats reverberated throughout the energetic club all night, thanks to the state of the art sound system. Paired with pyrotechnics and projections, this nightclub truly knows how to put on a show.

This venue has premium bottle service, welcoming staff, and a fashionable porter. On the day we visited, Lil Jon DJ’d alongside Emmy award-winning TV host, actor and personality, Billy Dec. If you’re ready to party after the pandemic, be sure to visit here.

Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk

91-95 E Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

Beat Kitchen is the perfect pit stop for a cold can on a hot day. 360 Magazine quickly stopped in at this restaurant, and was impressed by their quick and extremely hospitable service. All of the staff was very welcoming.

While Beat Kitchen is a little expensive, you are paying for quality cooking that is surely worth the price. The restaurant of the atmosphere is lively and hip. Beat Kitchen creates an enjoyable ambience with their eclectic array of Afro Latino music.

H&M

840 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

H&M on Michigan Ave offers a boutique service experience and a plethora of stylish pieces. All of H&M’s clothing at this location is clean and easy to find. The merchandise was well organized and offers fashionable, budget-friendly styles for all sizes and ages.

H&M has a consistent supply of merchandise that is well-outfitted for travel and tourism. For hip adults and teens, H&M has all the trendy styles one could desire. Whether you’re looking for business casual duds or a new swimsuit for vacation, H&M has your back.

Lou Mitchell’s

565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

Lou Mitchell‘s lives up to its prestigious reputation as one of the best diners in Chicago. In 2018, Lou Mitchell’s received a Michelin star. This restaurant and bakery constantly beckons in customers with their excellent service, food and ambience. Lou Mitchell’s does their own baking, so customers can enjoy freshly baked breads and marmalade selections.

360 Magazine loved sitting outside in the sunshine while we enjoyed your meal. However, the inside of Lou Mitchells offers a more retro, vintage diner feel. We recommend their fluffy, delectable flapjacks!

Giordano’s

1340 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The legendary Giordano’s is located in Chicago’s South Loop. All other pizza shops pale in comparison when stood next to this iconic pizza shop. Giordano’s stuffed (AKA deep-dish) pizza is truly unbeatable. Layered with fresh cheese, a buttery, flaky rind, mouthwatering tomato sauce and chicken sausage, every bite is meant to be savored. 

Giordano’s offers local craft beer selections to pair with their pizza pies. No matter how hungry you come in, it will be extremely difficult to eat all the pizza. The portion sizes here are very generous. However, Giordano’s pizza makes for delicious leftovers that can easily be reheated in the oven. 360 Magazine will definitely be back to enjoy another tasty slice from this iconic pizza shop.

MCCB Chicago

2138 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Modern Chinese Cookbook (MCCB) creates magical dishes that will instantly take you to Beijing. MCCB’s Sichuan and Canton style cuisine is authentic and mouthwatering. This Asian eatery has all the ingredients for a wonderful gastronomic experience: friendly staff, Michelin-starred chefs and carefully designed appetizers. We recommend trying the restaurant’s signature dish, charcoal-grilled whole fish.

Praise for MCCB continues to flow year by year, thanks to their fine food and hospitable service. If we could embrace the owners for creating such a pleasant atmosphere, we would. 360 Magazine will surely come back to MCCB soon!

deep dish pizza image via Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine
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Dont Fret New Street Art

Dont Fret, one of Chicago’s most recognizable street artists, today unveiled a new, large-scale art installation on the Chicago Riverwalk. Titled The People in Your Neighborhood, the installation is located at the Riverwalk’s most western point, known as The Confluence between E Lake St and N Franklin St, and features 55 portraits of Chicagoans, all portrayed in Dont Fret’s inimitable sardonic style. The unveiling is accompanied by the release of his new book, Dont Fret: Life Thus Far, now available for purchase.

Offering a microcosmic reflection of Chicago’s scrappy and hard-working residents, the portrait subjects of The People in Your Neighborhood range from the well-known to the obscure. Designer and restaurateur Kevin Heisner stands alongside Claudio, Chicago’s beloved tamale vendor, who in turn rubs elbows with Maria, longtime owner of Maria’s Bridgeport and Howard Brown Health doctor Abby Baus. Each is depicted with both comedic and piercing insight, caricatures that are reminiscent of the archetypical Chicagoans who have lived in the city for generations. The portraits and subject bios can also be seen on Dont Fret’s Instagram page.

“There are certain character traits that I think define a true Chicagoan. Tough, full-browed with a sense of ingenuity and midwestern humbleness, but always toiling, working, moving forward with an almost absurd laugh and grin about this crazy, wonderful city,” said Dont Fret. “I was asked to paint 55 portraits of Chicagoans who I think contribute to the hard work that defines our city, although it can only scratch the surface of the millions of stories moving through our streets. These are the people in your neighborhood.”

“Dont Fret’s proposal for celebrating everyday Chicagoans who make our City go – from the beloved Tamale Man to artists to bridge engineers – was really appealing to enliven a long stretch of the Riverwalk that otherwise fades into the background,” said Lydia Ross, Director of Public Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The artist’s distinctive style isn’t intended to capture an accurate portrait, but rather the heartfelt spirit of the great people that surround us, some of whom we know, some we recognize, others we may be more attuned to looking out for…it was conceived pre-COVID but felt even more resonant to celebrate people in the midst of social distancing.”

Dont Fret’s unpolished aesthetics paired with pithy one-liners are recognizable features of Chicago’s built environment, in addition to being painted and wheat-pasted on buildings around the world, from New York to Berlin, Miami, São Paulo, London and Helsinki. Don’t Fret: Life Thus Far, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, showcases a decade of his street and gallery work and features memories and anecdotes from fellow artists and friends including Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, artist Cody Hudson and rapper Vic Mensa.

In the 256-page monograph, the figures and texts of consummate wise guy Dont Fret skewer the obvious and reflect the normalized-until-numbed issues of the city back at the passerby experiencing them firsthand. While his work populates city streets worldwide, he remains a true Wicker Park native, digging into the character(s) of Chicago—the stew of down-and-out and up-and-up, the meatpackers, the artists, the street-wise, and the stupid. Featuring 216 color images, this monograph also includes a foreword by writer and Brooklyn Street Art co-founder Steven P. Harrington.

In addition to The People in Your Neighborhood, the Chicago Riverwalk also recently unveiled a mural by Chicago-based artist Kate Lynn Lewis,The Radiance of Being, which celebrates 100 years of Art Deco. Lewis is also one of the 55 Chicagoans portrayed in Dont Fret’s installation.The Chicago Riverwalk has been going through a phased reopening which included the Community Marketplace opening July 17. Vendors are open by reservation for contact tracing purposes, walk-ups are welcome and will be asked for contact information. Vendor details are available at www.chicagoriverwalk.us.

About Dont Fret

Dont Fret is an artist born, raised, and currently working in Chicago. In addition to his wheat pasting, his practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and installation-based work both on the street and in the gallery. He has produced large-scale public murals in a number of American cities, including Chicago, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Grand Rapids, and Denver, as well as internationally in such cities as São Paulo, London, and Helsinki. His work has been in a number of galleries nationally and internationally, with shows in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and London. Dont Fret’s work was also featured prominently in the Netflix original series Easy.

America’s Great Comeback City × Detroit

Detroit Is a Destination Pumping With a Newfound Energy You Can See, Hear, Touch and Taste

There’s an exciting, almost electric energy moving through metro Detroit. It whips through cyclists who are pedaling their way toward making Detroit one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. It eases along the QLine, the city’s new streetcar system that is reviving life up and down the city’s historic Woodward Avenue, from downtown to West Grand Boulevard.

It’s also spreading along that iconic boulevard, where plans are underway for a $50 million expansion of the Motown Museum, the place where music was made that still has people around the world dancing in the streets.

The surge extends throughout the tri-county area, too. In Chesterfield Township, for, example, outdoor retailer Cabela’s opened its first metro Detroit location this past summer. At Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Oakland County, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement complex is set to open its first Michigan location this fall.

The buzz is even being felt by Hollywood types such as actor Hill Harper, who purchased the Roasting Plant coffeehouse in downtown Detroit and bought a house he is renovating in the city’s historic Boston-Edison neighborhood. “Detroit was the original Silicon Valley,” Harper said, explaining his affection for the city. “It was built on innovation and entrepreneurship. Plus, it has old-school Midwest values, so it offers the best of both worlds.”

Artists and other creative types are also driving Detroit’s newfound cool, Harper said. Detroit-based architect Rainy Hamilton, whose stamp is on a lot of the city’s recently proposed development, agreed, saying he hasn’t seen this kind of creativity and construction in his entire career. “What’s happening here is a real treat for all of us — Detroiters and visitors,” Hamilton noted. “It gives us a ton of things to do. It’s bringing people downtown. Once you get the heart of the city pumping, it’s going to spill out into the neighborhoods.”

Leading the Surge

A lot of the gasoline fueling Detroit’s multipronged new developments is stationed on Woodward Avenue near Henry and Temple streets, where the spectacular 20,000-plus-seat Little Caesars Arena opens this fall. The arena is the new home of Detroit Red Wings hockey and Detroit Pistons basketball

Little Caesars Arena courtesy of The District Detroit

This forms the nucleus of what’s been successfully branded The District Detroit — a 50-block multifaceted concentration of places that are making the city a desired place to live, learn, work and play. As its website states: “A world-class sports and entertainment development — 50 blocks, eight theaters, five neighborhoods, four teams — one big win for Detroit.”

The entire area includes long-standing jewels such as The Fillmore Detroit and the Fox Theatre; Little Caesars headquarters, which is being renovated and expanded; and, eventually, nearly 700 new apartments. Additionally, Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business is under construction right next door to Little Caesars Arena.

Attraction That Attracts

Even before its doors officially opened, Little Caesars Arena’s first six scheduled acts were nearly sold out, including its celebratory opening concert series in September featuring hometown star Kid Rock and October concerts by Paul McCartney. Tickets to the first McCartney concert sold so quickly, a second was immediately added.

Little Caesars Arena’s design is an attraction in its own right. Spaces and places in the arena are designed to make it bustle every day, not just on game days. A unique covered atrium called The Via offers a street-like vibe with entertainment, shopping and dining. The Piazza has a massive video screen for additional entertainment.

“It really is a gem of a facility,” said Doug Kuiper, vice president of communications at Ilitch Holdings Inc. “We’ll have top-flight entertainers of every kind but also smaller events, more community-oriented events. There are a variety of spaces in and around the arena that lend themselves not just to headline acts but to budding artists and art festivals as well as food-based, craft cocktail and beer events that are such a big thing in our community right now. We really think there will be something for everybody.”

Visitors enter the new arena on the main level, eliminating the need to navigate lots of stairs. Wide, comfy seats have cupholders. Sight lines are superior.

The state-of-the-art business school next door blends like an extension of the arena. Opening in 2018, it will offer teaching, learning and sharing space not just for its students but for businesspeople in and outside of Detroit as well.

City Evolving

The District Detroit represents a dream come true for Marian Ilitch and her husband, the late Mike Ilitch, arguably Detroit’s comeback pioneers. Their vision of a walkable, attractive community in the heart of the city is now being overseen by their son, Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

Also helping transform the city’s core into a downright fun place to live and work is real estate mogul and businessman Dan Gilbert. He is scheduled to break ground this December on what will be Detroit’s tallest building — a proposed 52-story skyscraper on the site of the former J.L. Hudson department store. It’ll include housing, retail and space for artistic and cultural experiences.

Other Gilbert-infused projects reviving the city’s landscape include 28Grand, an eight-story complex of 218 fully furnished micro-lofts that are set to begin leasing in 2017. The 130-room Shinola Hotel, built in conjunction with luxury goods maker Shinola, is slated to open on Woodward Avenue in fall 2018.

“This is a perfect time to come and see just how far the city has evolved,” said Eric Larson, chief executive officer of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “In many ways, we’ve been blessed with a very, very strong civic, philanthropic, business and artistic community that has really allowed the city a second chance. We have had a real sea change. Detroiters — those who work and live here — have this gritty determination, and there was no option but for us to move forward.”

Moving Ahead

On a more literal note, Detroit’s two newest modes of transportation are helping to move people forward—and back—so they can enjoy a great deal of the new retail, housing, restaurants, sports and entertainment facilities and workplaces in Detroit.

First, there is the QLine, a streetcar system that began running from downtown to West Grand Boulevard this past spring and quickly proved its value as an easy, attractive and economical way to connect people to shops, restaurants, work, cultural attractions and more along the 3-mile-plus stretch. It costs $3 for a daily pass or $1.50 for a three-hour pass. Monthly and yearly passes are also available.

Qline by Bill Bowen

“It’s great for everyone, but especially visitors who then don’t have to figure out how to navigate through traffic or where to park,” said Sommer Woods, vice president of external relations for the QLine. “It’s a great way for people to explore what’s happening in the downtown corridor. And it helps people connect to other parts of the city.”

Louis and Donna Gormely, of metro Detroit suburb Grosse Pointe Woods, along with their two children, were among a steady stream of passengers who enjoyed free rides during the opening weeks of the QLine. Gormely, a season ticket holder with the Red Wings, said he was super happy about the development in The District Detroit and throughout the city. “I think it’s fabulous,” he said. “It has brought a lot of jobs to Detroit, along with new places to enjoy.”

MoGo, the city’s first public bike share system, also launched to great fanfare in the spring. It offers 430 red-orange bikes that people can rent from 40 kiosks (with more stations coming) in several sections of the city. The primary cost option is $8 for a daily pass that’ll give you an unlimited number of 30-minute trips.

“MoGo is for all,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, MoGo’s executive director. “The transit rider looking for better connections, the resident seeking more flexibility and convenience in their daily travels, the employee who needs to run an errand at lunch or head to a meeting, the student who needs an affordable form of transportation, and the visitor looking to explore the city.”

Explore the cool, newish places to shop in and near Detroit

ArtLoft, Bird Bee, Bonobos, Boro Resale, Cass Collective, The Collective, Détroit is the New Black, House of Pure Vin, Nike Community Store, North End Collective, Third Man Records, Under Armour, Warby Parker, Yama, Zarkpa’s Purses and Accessories in Detroit • Amazon Pop-Up, Merit Goodness and Vans Outlet at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills • Cabela’s in Chesterfield Township • Macy’s Backstage inside Macy’s stores at Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn, Oakland Mall in Troy and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights • Shinola Store at the Somerset Collection in Troy • American Girl (temporary store through Jan. 28, 2018) at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi

More That’s New To See and Do In and Around The D

Beacon Park, DTE Energy’s new 1.5 acre green oasis at Grand River and Cass Avenue — near The District Detroit — opened this summer. The park offers daily activities, including concerts and sporting events and, next spring, a Belgian-style cafe with the city’s only living roof — meaning it’ll have greenery growing year-round as well as seating when weather permits.

Beacon Park by Downtown Detroit Partnership

The Velodrome complex, at I-75 and Mack Avenue, will offer a multipurpose sports and recreation facility, including a state-of-the-art velodrome for world-class bicycle racing and training; three fields for different sports; a track for running, walking and skating; space for fitness classes; and a cafe. Activities here are expected to attract people from all over the world, said Dale Hughes, executive director of the Detroit Fitness Foundation, which plans to open the center this fall. The facility is slated to host the 2017 U.S. Cycling Madison Track National Championships on Oct. 19-21.

The Corner Ballpark, on the site of Old Tiger Stadium, is set to open this fall. It will be the new home field of Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). “The corner of Michigan and Trumbull has a 100-year history of legendary ball playing,” said Tim Richey, executive director of Detroit PAL. “The restored field will offer visitors a chance to be a part of history and at the same time witness future generations of players.” Visitors to the field will be able to play ball, run the bases or simply watch games from the bleachers.

Elton Park will be a mix of renovated and new homes and trendy shops on 4.5 acres in Corktown, in the area around Trumbull and Elizabeth Street. “We’re going to make this a walkable, intimate neighborhood,” said Tysen McCarthy, vice president of Soave Real Estate, of the project still under construction. “Visitors are going to want to come see a new section of Detroit that is thriving, located in an area that already has a reputation as a destination.”

The Detroit riverfront continues to evolve as an exciting place to walk, run, bike or simply relax near sparkling waters. Among the newest projects is Portal View, an interactive computer and artifacts housed in a revamped shipping container in front of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. It allows people to learn maritime history of the riverfront and to follow the ships navigating the river and Great Lakes in real time.

“We have had a real sea change. Detroiters — those who work and live here — have this gritty determination, and there was no option but for us to move forward.” — Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership

New Places to Stay In and Around The D

With all the new metro Detroit attractions, people need places to stay when visiting. In recent hotel headlines, the hipster hotel Trumbull & Porter in Corktown has been garnering attention, along with the transformation of a downtown firehouse into the 100-room Detroit Foundation Hotel. By maintaining architectural features such as its signature red doors and incorporating handcrafted and artistic elements, it preserves a historic feel in a classy-comfy, modern space. The hotel’s Apparatus Room restaurant, located in what was the apparatus room of the firehouse, is run by Michigan native and two-star Michelin chef Thomas Lents.

 

Detroit Foundation Hotel by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Siren Hotel, in the historic Wurlitzer Building, is scheduled to open its 106-room property this fall. Soon after, in 2018, travelers can experience the 110-room Element Detroit Hotel in the Metropolitan Building, the West Elm Hotel from furniture and home decor retailer West Elm in Midtown and the 130-room Shinola Hotel, a joint venture of Bedrock and goods maker Shinola.

Not surprisingly, The District Detroit also has plans for its own on-site hotel. Details on the name and the official grand opening are still under wraps, but rumors continue to surface that it will be in 2019
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